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Guest post: How to get a salon blow-dry at home

My usual home blow dry involves flipping my head upside down and blasting it. This does tend to be quite an efficient way of drying but I do end up with quite a few frizzy bits and need to run the straighteners over it.

My favourite Edinburgh hair salon is Dean Jones on Elm Row. I had a complimentary blow dry from Dean himself a few years ago and have been going back ever since. There’s nothing quite like a salon blow dry to boost your confidence and leave you feeling fabulous. So how can I replicate this in my own home?

Love a cheesy stock image 😂
Love a cheesy stock image 😂

Getting a sleek and bouncy salon-style blow-dry at home isn’t actually all that difficult. As long as you have the right tools and products to hand, and a willingness to go that extra mile, you can get professional level results – and at no extra cost, too. So what’s the secret? Read on… (more…)

Kiss Goodbye to MS

Recently I took part in the MS Society’s #KissGoodbyetoMS campaign for #MSawarenessweek.

I was off sick from work, full of cold and struggling with my chronic MS fatigue. I desperately wanted to take part in this awareness campaign so as soon as I was feeling ever so slightly better, I put on some lippy and took a photo.

Kiss goodbye to MS
Unfortunately, this photo demonstrates one of the most frustrating things about having MS; it’s an invisible illness. Anyone looking at the photo wouldn’t think that I had shooting pains in my left hand and was so overwhelmingly fatigued that I was on the verge of tears. I look fine so I do understand why people can be sceptical and maybe don’t believe I wasn’t well. It’s a shame that unless I’m sneezing or coughing, I feel like a fraud and people won’t understand that I’m not well.

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Daily happiness checklist

Anyone who knows me will tell you how much I love to be organised! It genuinely makes me feel calm and happy to organise even the smallest of tasks.

This blog post won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but I hope some of you find it useful 😊

Get organised and be happy

Since turning the big 3-0 in December, I have been on a real mission to focus on improving my mind and increasing my happiness. I’ve always been a pretty smiley and happy person but this wasn’t always the case inside.

Last year I got married. Now every day I wake up and see my husband and feel hugely grateful to have met him. He is the most incredible support in my life and I’m so happy to have him. Unfortunately I had quite a stressful time in the run up to our wedding and my anxiety took over a bit. Since the big (fantastic) day passed I have been able to take a step back, settle down and enjoy married life. This year has so far been the happiest of my life and I am taking each day as it comes, keeping focussed and being happy. (more…)

Guest post: Homemade masks for dry and damaged hair

If your hair is constantly exposed to heat styling, sun and hard water, it will eventually become dry and dull from all the damage. Dry and damaged hair shouldn’t be washed every day, so its natural oils and nutrients have time to work their way through the strands – you can help with this by brushing often from roots to ends, in order to bring these oils all the way down your locks.

Another key rule to prevent dry and damaged hair is to keep it moisturised and well nourished. So, if you want to know how to make your hair soft and healthy again, homemade masks are one of the treatments you can try every one or two weeks. (more…)

My favourite spring florals

I love spring! The blossom is blooming, lambs are leaping and the sun is shining! Well, maybe that’s not an entirely accurate vision of a Scottish spring, but parts of it are definitely true.

At this time of year the road leading up to our Edinburgh flat bursts into life as the lining trees pop with pink blossom – I can’t help but smile as I walk past.

Not only do I love what spring does to the trees and weather but I love dressing for spring; both myself and my home. So here are some of my favourite spring florals purchased this year…

Spring florals
‘Hello spring’ sign from Sainsbury’s

Floral bag

I couldn’t resist buying this gorgeous floral bag from Accessorize. It’s a wee bit smaller than I hoped (I ordered it online) but it is packed full of different compartments which I love for organising the chaos within. I’ve also recently been converted to across body bags rather than my usual go to shoulder bag. They are just far more practical and leave you with your hands free to hold your phone, shopping or that cheeky glass of wine.

Spring florals (more…)